Last week I had an opportunity to visit home one of our elderly guests that frequents a Forever Fed event. I’ll call her Ms. X. In all honesty, I didn’t make this visit out of some great and generous mission. I went with a purpose that was entirely self-centered. I needed a question answered.
When I arrived at Ms. X’s home she greeted me warmly as I got out of my car.As we embraced I was already thinking of the next task I had to do after I left her house because I had a busy day ahead. Ms. X invited me into her humble home and of course I couldn’t say “no” so I resigned myself to sitting with her for a short visit. She offered me coffee and heartfelt hospitality and in return, I responded by finally giving her what she deserved, my undivided attention.
Ms. X lives in an old, old clapboard home that has less than 500 square feet of space. It has a small living space, a bedroom, and a tiny eat-in kitchen. She offered me coffee and as we sat on her ancient couch together, she was gracious enough to answer some of my questions and share some of the details of her life with me.
Ms. X is in her late 70’s. She lives on Social Security income and resides in a house that’s older than she is and she’s lived in her tiny home for over 35 years. Amongst the empty oxygen tanks surrounding us were pictures of her family and a very few sentimental objects she’s collected during her lifetime. Her family pictures on the wall were not framed in pretty frames they were held in place with a single thumb tack.
As Ms. X began to tell me of her life every other sentence she spoke contained the word “Blessed”. This gentle woman lost a son when he was 14 years old and she lost her husband after 35 years of marriage. She’s had had countless trials and tribulations in her 70+ years of life AND she lives in a tiny house on a next to nothing income. Amazingly, all Ms. X can talk about are her many blessings. Ms. X lives a life of thankfulness and she speaks it out loud for all to hear.
I asked Ms. X if she’s afraid to live by herself and she said “Absolutely not!” Ms. X explained to me that God is watching over her every minute of the day and He’s sent an army of angels to surround her home and keep her safe. I was almost afraid of her answer as I asked, “Do you see the angels God sent to protect you?” She told me, “Of course not silly, but I know they are there because I’ve prayed for them and I know God has made a hedge of protection around my home because He loves me.”
As I left and got into my car the chorus of Chris Tomlin’s new single, “The God of Angel Armies is always by my side” blasted from the radio and I just looked up and laughed. Sometimes God speaks to me boldly to get my attention. Ms. X confirmed what I already knew.
True faith is knowing that when I pray for something God is working on it, even if I can’t see it.